Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Sep 2011 15:48 UTC
Legal "Secret U.S. government cables show a stunning willingness by senior Canadian officials to appease American demands (more here) for a U.S.-style copyright law here. The documents describe Canadian officials as encouraging American lobbying efforts. They also cite cabinet minister Maxime Bernier raising the possibility of showing U.S. officials a draft bill before tabling it in Parliament. The cables, from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, even have a policy director for then industry minister Tony Clement suggesting it might help U.S. demands for a tough copyright law if Canada were placed among the worst offenders on an international piracy watch list. Days later, the U.S. placed Canada alongside China and Russia on the list." Unbelievable. Suddenly I understand why the SFPD had no qualms about acting as henchmen for Apple goons to violate someone's constitutional rights. If a government is messed up, it only makes sense this is reflected in the corporate policies of its prime corporations.
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RE: Just Desserts
by ssokolow on Sun 4th Sep 2011 19:50 UTC in reply to "Just Desserts"
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Actually, from what I remember, a majority of our fellow Canadians DIDN'T vote for the Conservatives... it's just that the left-wing vote was split between the Liberals and the NDP and the problem was exacerbated by our first-past-the-post voting system which allows the same pattern to occur at the riding level and then bubble up to make the overall result even more out of touch with popular opinion.

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